It is official. After weeks of speculation, FC Barcelona have announced that they have completed the signing of Ferran Torres from Manchester City. This will be the former La Liga champions’ first signing of this winter.
The two clubs agreed on a €55 million transfer fee for the promising winger from Spain and with the official announcements coming from Manchester City as well as Barcelona, the deal has been confirmed and Torres is now officially a Barcelona player.
"“Ferran Torres has left Manchester City and completed a permanent move to Barcelona.”Source: Manchester City twitter account"
The Spaniard has been the number 1 target for Xavi and Barca and has remained the “priority” for the former La Liga champions in the past few months. With that said, Torres will be available to play for the Blaugrana come January 1.
The Spaniard made a bright start to the season with Manchester City, scoring two goals and assisting once in the four matches that he featured for the Cityzens this term. It was in the UEFA Nations League that Torres sustained a broken metatarsal injury, ruling him out of action for three months.
The former Valencia man is said to be in the final stages of his recovery and we could see him in action in January. The 21-year-old was being considered for the role of a finisher in Pep Guardiola’s XI but the unfortunate injury set the player’s progression at City back.
Torres has made 29 appearances (Premier League) for Manchester City, since arriving at the club last summer. The 21-year-old has managed to score 7 goals while assisting on 3 occasions.
City will surely be gutted to lose out on a fine prospect as Torres was just starting to realise his potential under Guardiola.
The player is believed to have signed a five-year contract with Barcelona and has a release clause of €1 billion. Manchester City will receive €55 million with up to €10 million in add-ons.